Walter Williams on Suppression of Free Speech and the Totalitarian Tendencies of Colleges in the U.S.A

On the heels of a post I authored yesterday, detailing the sad state of affairs with respect to suppression of free speech, as well as the anti-American and anti-Israeli atmosphere that exists on many if not most university campuses in the U.S.A. today. In that post, I offered an example of my own personal experiences at a major state university, as well as those of free speech advocate, and UNC Wilmington professor Mike Adams, and author Daniel Greenfield.

As if Walter Williams is reading The Reactionary Researcher Blog, he posted an article that offers a concise, no nonsense, scathing assessment of the current state of academia, as well as the total ignorance of this that pervades most of the U.S.A.

Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning.

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The State of Free Speech on College Campuses in the U.S.A.

Publication of three recent articles, and indeed, my own personal experience, serve to highlight the particularly anti-free speech, anti-American sentiment present on college campuses today. Sure, anti-American sentiment has always had a presence on the college campus, at least since the early to mid 1960’s, but the absolute assault on free speech, the totalitarian tactics of students and perhaps more importantly, college administrators, combined with the Huxleyan ignorance that pervades our society and culture, are relatively new phenomena.

Mike Adams, professor of Sociology and Criminology at UNC-Wilmington, not the Mike Adams of the hack pseudoscience website NaturalNews.com (not linked intentionally), authored the first article that prompted this post: Thatcher in the Rye. Through the use of a specific example, Adams demonstrates the anti-free speech atmosphere that exists on college campuses today. Certainly one specific incident, an anecdote, but merely the most recent actor on a back drop of fifteen years of such columns. Adams has further emerged victorious in at least three court cases related to free speech on the UNCW campus (1, 2, 3). Adams, victorious on the front lines of university free speech issues, is more than qualified to comment on this issue.

Adams column is summarized in “five lessons” that should be taken from this incident.
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Research suggests link between imbalanced gut microbiome and systemic sclerosis

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Americans and Norwegians with systemic sclerosis had higher levels of bacteria that can cause inflammation and lower levels of bacteria that are believed to protect against inflammation compared with healthy people, according to a new study by researchers from UCLA and Oslo University.

Study participants from United States, however, had a greater imbalance between the “good” and “bad” gut bacteria compared with the participants from Norway. The researchers suspect that the difference is because of a combination of genetics and diet.

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New lung ‘organoids’ in a dish mimic features of full-size lung

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New York, NY (May 12, 2017)–New lung “organoids”–tiny 3-D structures that mimic features of a full-sized lung–have been created from human pluripotent stem cells by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The team used the organoids to generate models of human lung diseases in a lab dish, which could be used to advance our understanding of a variety of respiratory diseases.

A paper detailing the discovery was published in the April 24 online issue of Nature Cell Biology.

Organoids are 3-D structures containing multiple cell types that look and function like a full-sized organ. By reproducing an organ in a dish, researchers hope to develop better models of human diseases, and find new ways of testing drugs and regenerating damaged tissue.

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Lame Science #10: Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year-old U.S. children

Given that I teach a course on Immunology, and frequently discuss the unscientific nature of things such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and yes, vaccines-cause-autism-and-a-variety-of-other-disorders, I was intrigued when a student of mine asked if I had seen the new “study” purporting to show a link between vaccines, allergies, pneumonia, ear infections, and autism.

I told her that I had not, but committed myself to having a look at the study as soon as my exam was finished.

You may have noted that I placed the words study in quotations, as this particular article does not report on a study in any meaningful scientific context. Given that the data represent an internet survey of 666 homeschooled mothers, from this point on, the article referenced above, will be referred to as the “survey.”
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Arsenic Proudly Served Here

In a slight coincidence, or perhaps not, two articles detailing the potential dangers of arsenic in the food supply were recently published. Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical element that is present in many minerals, often complexed with iron or sulfur. Though it has a (well-deserved) reputation for being toxic, arsenic functions as an essential trace mineral in many species of rodent, goats, chickens, and presumably, a variety of other species. Once the needs of the organism have been met, accumulation of excess arsenic can lead to arsenic toxicity and poisoning.

Intake of excessive arsenic has been linked to a variety of illnesses and conditions, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and even respiratory disorders. Arsenic is further believed to increase the risk of some cancers, skin, liver, lung, and kidney, in particular. The acute minimal lethal dose of arsenic in adult humans is estimated to range from 70 to 200 mg or 1 mg/kg of body weight/day.

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Despite its known toxicity supplements containing arsenic have historically been added to animal feeds in the interest of promoting weight gain and decreasing the incidence of parasitic infections. Arsenic containing supplements have been outlawed in both the EU and North America since 1999 and 2013, respectively. Despite these regulations, arsenic still enters the food supply.
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Type II Diabetes Cured in Mice

A research team at the University of Texas Health Science Center has cured Type I diabetes in mice, and believes the successful results suggest that the technique could be effective in individuals suffering from Type II diabetes as well. The methodology increases the number of pancreatic cells that secrete insulin.

While the ultimate goal is to begin human clinical trials within three years, the method must be evaluated in large-animals studies, which will precede FDA Investigational New Drug (IND) approval, Bruno Doiron, Ph.D., a co-inventor, said.

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Lame Science #9: Paper on Dangers of Microplastics to Developing Fish Retracted.

A little more than 10 months ago, the highly respected journal Science published an article detailing the dangers of environmentally derived microplastic particles on European perch (Perca fluviatilis) larvae. The study reported that ingestion of microplastic particles inhibited hatching, decreased growth rate, and altered feeding preferences and innate behaviors perch larvae. The study further reports that those individuals exposed to microplastics did not respond to olfactory threat cues, greatly increasing their mortality rates.

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A perch larva’s stomach is filled with microplastics.

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Scientists Grow Inner Ear Organs from Stem Cells

Using human stem cells, Scientists from the University of Indiana report having grown the organs of the human inner ear in an article published in Nature Biotechnology. Developed as a potential source of in vitro screening technology, the techniques holds promise as a future stem cell-based therapy. The researchers employed a 3-D cell culture method that allows cells to develop specific three dimensional shapes, a prerequisite for the ability to grow organs or other complex biological structures in vitro.

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Human pluripotent stem cells can be induced to differentiate into the more specific cell types associated with tissues and organs. Pluripotent, and even multipotent stem cells can programmed to alter their genetic expression patterns to reflect those of the specific target cell/tissue type.

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